Poem submitted by Samantha Krell
National Poetry Month 2020
Help Us, Oh God, To Understand
What did you do for food?
A. sewed; a stitch for every cent
B. prayed arms folded aching knees
C. a woman should not touch money
“ I feel like he is treating me
like a dog ”
As for your inheritance?
A. Jerry; a proper housewife
B. an escape from intercision
C. a man; kind eyes; a lie
D. ivory painkiller: 80/g
E. both C and D
The party begins?
A. when jerry leaves I/ think
B. vagabonds however/ always welcome
C. as white powder runs/ red
D. no end nor inchoate
You fell in love; how?
A. slowly, each day
B. Commitment no longer required
C. as the drip hit my throat
D. my blood vessels sang
“ Not a good night “
Jerry tight fisted; Christmas?
A. belly danced across town
B. daughters worth more than my body
C. dolls made; sold for nicer dolls
D. Julekake leaking candied fruit
Motorcycle into canyon wall?
A. decade old gravel still bubbles in my knee
B. nancy and I like Antaeus
C. searching for a fight; even a wall will do
D. hospitals unpleasant
A. A moocher; gardien perfume (to cover the fat roll reek)
B. We met on the road to hell
C. A good friend
D. All of the above
A. tired of being an animal
B. Jerry = noose
C. loved as a slave
D. trusted the same
Daughters left for secret son;
did they feel you in the night?
A. I would never really leave them
B. Soft kisses upon sleeping brows
C. Tendrils brushing hair from eyes
D. I am with them, always
A. Tall, handsome; kind when all
I craved love
B. He played dolls with my daughter
C. Blue eyes; my son the same striking sapphire
D. A mistake
Joy found you in what form?
A. As kindness; commitment
B. Letters; Jerry would not have courage to write
C. In the crinkle of Burts eyes
D. The man I was destined to love
A. solace found in a boy half my age
B. fists upon my face
C. hid the heartbreak
D. Tetanus in my blood; worth it.